CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW SHERLOCK HOLMES IS A MISOGYNIST BECAUSE HE IS????? AND THATS NOT SOMETHING IM PULLING OUT OF MY BUTT HE REALLY IS SEXIST
He is, though it is hard to tell sometimes if he just being rude because he is rude to everyone, or sexist. though a lot of his “rudeness” to females come from typical sexist tropes like commenting on her appearance or sexual activity and as much as I love Sherlock BBC it really is male dominated, all the female characters mainly act as plot devices, or there for chemistry for the male characters.
I love Sherlock and the series to bits, but they are far from the shining examples of modern feminism and gender equality.
no I mean yes bbc sherlock is a wank and a half but like canon holmes is a douchenozzle
from scandal, holmes says, “ When a woman thinks that her house is on fire, her instinct is at once to rush to the thing which she values most. It is a perfectly overpowering impulse, and I have more than once taken advantage of it.”
he makes a bunch of generalizations about women throughout the stories. its pretty clear he has all women pegged as romantic, soft, gentle, withering. which is why hes so astounded by irene adler i guess idk
but even just looking at his interaction with irene—watson says that she eclipsed the whole of her sex in holmes’ eyes. the very fact that he assigns her the name “the woman” speaks volumes. it means he has all women in one specific category, but with men, it is clearly different. he’s never met anyone he’s referred to as “the man” because there have been many men to challenge him. he assumes all women are meek and probably a little stupid. so when irene comes along, he calls her “the women,” referring to the fact that she was the only woman worthy enough to challenge him.
from sign of four, which is the one i always think of when i think of his misogyny,
“I would not tell them too much,” said Holmes. “Women are never to be entirely trusted — not the best of them.”
I did not pause to argue over this atrocious sentiment.”
watson knows whats up
anyway idk im just pissed because moffat says sherlock holmes isnt a misogynist character simply on the grounds that he protects women and would never hurt them
im sorry moffat i forgot we’re all little kittens that need to be taken care of by the big strong men. i guess that makes me the sexist one.
I know people complain about this, but that was canon; Holmes was sexist. All men were sexist in some way back then; that was how it was. And yes, you can say modern times should change, but I think here it’s important to keep it as is. Making everything equal always won’t teach us anything; teaching equality is good, because we want people to recognize and work against it, not ignore it. Yes, Holmes can be a douche, but we love that douche. Yes, Sherlock has a lot wrong with it and Moffat is also a douche, but I love Sherlock, so.
yes sherlock holmes is a douche and hes also my favourite literary character. ive been exploring the modernized characterization for over a year now, i dont think my love for him is at all in question here. i have said multiple times how much i identify with him more closely than i ever expected. i love him. this post is not about me criticizing sherlock.
this post is about how i hate moffat. and how moffat fails to see the misogynist flaw in sherlock that acd knowingly inserted into his character. and how moffat defends this misogyny because he obviously doesnt think theres anything wrong with it.
Oh the originally works are highly flawed (if you don’t agree, please read again, and though the BBC series is getting closer to a less problematic story, it’s far from over.